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Parrot DNA Test Determine Any Bird's Sex Safely

Parrot DNA Test Determine Any Bird's Sex Safely

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We will ship you a test kit with everything you need. Once the test kit is received by the lab you can expect results in 7 - 10 days

The time to dna sex your bird is now

In many bird species, the difference between males and females cannot be discriminated based on external characteristics. These are known as monomorphic species. So how can you tell the difference between male and female birds that look alike? A molecular technique developed in the 1990s by a group of scientist provided bird hobbyist, breeders and pet owners with the opportunity to rapidly and reliably determine the sex of these birds. We now offer this non-invasive method.

This method relies on the fact that the gender of birds, like that of mammals, is determined chromosomally. The female birds are WZ (heterogametic) and the male birds are ZZ (homogametic) (unlike humans where females are XX and males are XY). Using PCR based methods, the sex-linked gene CHD can be distinguished based on the number of fragments produced.

Our lab can determine the sex of your bird using two or three drops of blood or egg shells from newly hatched birds. These methods are painless and do not harm the bird in any way. Detailed instructions are included with the sampling kit.

The sex of many bird species can not be determined using external characteristics. A DNA test from a reputable lab is the only accurate way to determine the difference between males and females.

Experienced technicians have perfected the science of using DNA to determine a bird's sex. You can be assured that your results will be 99.9% accurate. We can test a wide variety of bird species including finches, cockatoos, parrots, lorikeets, raptors and many more.

BIRD SEX DETERMINATION - BLOOD COLLECTION INSTRUCTIONS
(Feather testing has been discontinued as it did not provide enough DNA)

Please follow the steps below to collect blood for an avian DNA test. When collecting blood, use
caution to avoid DNA sample cross-contamination and/or bird infection. Avoid touching the square
on the Avian Blood Sample Card where the blood is to be placed. If you are collecting samples from
more than one bird, you should sanitize the nail clippers with alcohol and wash your hands
thoroughly between each collection.

1. Clip Toenail to Obtain a Blood Sample

With the bird under control, examine the toenail to ensure it is clean. A swab of alcohol can be
used to clean the area, if necessary. Use a sanitized pair of nail clippers to clip the bird’s toenail just
enough to nick the vein (approximately 2/3 of the distance from the root of the nail) and produce
blood flow. See illustration.

Collecting blood from birds toenails for parrot DNA testing

2. Spot Blood on the Blood Card

Remove the first bead of blood with a swab or absorbent cotton ball and discard. Next, carefully
touch the Avian Blood Sample Card to the blood flow and absorb a few drops of blood onto the
card. If the blood flow is slow, gently squeeze on the toe with a pumping action. It is not necessary
to completely fill the square on the card with blood; just be sure to collect enough blood to be
visible (usually 2-3 drops of blood).

3. Allow the Blood Sample to Air Dry Completely for 2 - ­3 Hours

Once the sample has been collected, set the Avian Blood Sample Card aside to air dry on a clean
surface. Check that the bird is no longer bleeding before returning it to its cage. To stop further
bleeding, apply a coagulant, such as Kwik Stop, to the area. Cornstarch, flour, or baking soda may
also be applied as alternatives.

Allow the card to air dry completely by leaving it at room temperature for 60-90 minutes. Once the card is completely dry, insert it into an envelope or small resealable plastic bag. Use one envelope or bag for each sample collected. Avoid touching the blood sample area while handling the card. Storage of blood cards in plastic, especially when cards are not completely dry, may lead to bacterial and fungal growth, which could render the sample unusable.

4. Mail sample with filled out paperwork to lab in an envelope. Be sure to include your email address in the kit as they will email you the results. Be sure to write the address of the lab on the envelope and your return address. Requires $1.15 cents postage from the US to Canada.

Frequently Asked Questions...

What is DNA?
This acronym stands for Deoxyribo-Nucleic-Acid. It is a long, complex molecule carrying information in the form of a chemical code and dictates how the body and cells should form.

What is the average turn around time for testing?
Approximately 1 to 2 business days.
How do I get my results?
Preliminary results can be phoned, faxed or emailed. Certificates are usually mailed the following business day. You can also view your sexing results received within the last 30 days on our Results page.

How should I ship my samples?
Regular mail is OK, however if you are working with a limited amount of time please send them via overnight mail. Priority mail is not guaranteed by USPS. Blood vials should be shipped in a padded envelope or box. To prevent further breakage please send eggshells in a box.

How much blood is needed?
Generally, 20-50ul of blood is sufficient for all our DNA based tests.

Can blood cards be submitted for disease testing?
Yes, but we prefer blood collection vials for disease testing rather than blood cards. Because of the extreme sensitivity of our disease testing, false positives may result from environmental contamination on the blood cards.

Which is more reliable, blood or feather testing?
DNA remains the same regardless of where it is extracted. Both tests are equally accurate.

How many feathers are needed for testing?
We recommend sending at least five (5).

Are freshly plucked feathers necessary for accurate results?
DNA takes an extremely long time to break down, however, testing is likely to be more successful if feathers are freshly plucked.

Can molted feathers be used?
We do not recommend sending molted feathers simply because they tend to carry much less usable DNA, and we want to be certain that the feather is from the bird being tested.

Will feather sexing promote feather picking?
No. Feather picking is generally a neurotic disorder that is not started by plucking a few chest feathers from your bird.

Will the feathers grow back?
Feathers generally grow back in 4 to 6 weeks.

What tests can be performed using feathers?
DNA sexing and PBFD testing are the only assays we offer using feather samples. In the future, we will be able to DNA fingerprint from feathers as well.

Does a bird have to be a certain age?
From birth to death, DNA remains the same across all species, so there is no age range for the most accurate results


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I received the DN a key it in a timely manner we took the blood samples and I have sent them off we are still waiting to see what the sex of our bird is so ass it goes so far so good thank you for making an affordable product
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